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Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

Title: The Collector

Author: Victoria Scott

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Series: Dante Walker (Book 1)

Publication Date: April 2, 2013

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1620612429 (Entangled Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-1620612422 (Entangled Teen)

Reviewed by: Shirene

Synopsis

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of Hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of Hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.

Quick & Dirty: Collector of souls is sent to collect Charlie’s soul but will he lose his heart to her too?

Opening SentenceI’m in a slump, off my game, throwing up bricks, swinging and missing.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

There have only been a handful of books in the young adult section that I have picked up in the last few years.  However, the level of talent that is currently writing YA is quite outstanding and this includes Scott’s The Collector.  I was blown away by the depth of characters, plot, angst and even the point of view.

There is nothing like a male point of view when it is done right.  It sings off the page and I heard a concerto in this book.  Dante’s voice is so true and clear that I was truly amazed and astounded.  The words used like “ugly stick” and “hittin’ the hooch” are exactly how a boy would describe an unattractive girl and drinking alcohol.

Dante is such a unique character that I wasn’t sure for a majority of the book whether I wanted to hug him, strangle him or see him face the consequences of his actions.  This level of empathy for a character I didn’t want to love makes him all the more charming.  He is the perfect book boyfriend for all teenage girls who were ever the wallflowers in high school and that is why he rocks.

Now what about Charlie Cooper, how does she stand up next to Dante?  This is a girl that has faced many challenges in her life from losing her parents in a fire and being injured in that same fire, foster care and the list goes on but manages to see the good in others.  She has even started a foundation called Hands Helping Hands which is a way of giving back to the community.  This is a girl with courage and one that I look forward to seeing in the next book.

This story has challenged me in a way that I wasn’t expecting because I truly wanted to dislike Dante for what he was putting Charlie through as he attempted to collect her soul.  But he is such a typical teenage boy with swag and charm that makes a whole school see him as a leader in a very short time and for the whole package I had to love him.

So if you are looking for a little change of pace from your paranormal romance, and maybe even something you and your daughter could discuss after you have both read the book, this is definitely the book for you.  I will be looking forward to August 27th when book 2, The Liberator comes out.

Notable Scene:

I knock once on the open door and sigh.

“I don’t think I’m sleeping from now until finals are over.  If I don’t get an A in this class, my grandma will skin me alive and make it look like an accident.”

Come on get a clue.  I knock again and clear my throat.  The girl spins around. My eyes widen at the sight of her.  This is the girl Boss Man is after? She looks like a porcelain doll…beat three times with an ugly stick.

I take it all in: glasses, braces, acne, frizzy blond hair and a stick figure so not attractive on a seventeen-year-old girl.  Make that four times.

“Oh-Em-Gee.  I have to let you go.  There’s a guy standing in my doorway,” she says into the phone.  Then, quieter, “Yes, very.  I’ve got to go.  Tell ya’ later.”

Dante Walker Series:

1. The Collector

2. The Liberator (August 27, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Entangled Teen provided me with a copy of The Collector. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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